Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - English

Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing

San José State University -to- College of the Redwoods

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The English department accepts the AA-T in English for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the English major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in English. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 1B Critical Inquiry and Literature
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Critical Inquiry and Literature

Preparation for the Major - Foreign Language Requirement:

Majors must complete one year of college-level foreign language. Any transferable foreign language may be used.

Lower Divison Requirements of the Major:

ENGL 056B English Literature Late 18th Century to PresentENGL 61 Introduction to British Literature: Romanticism to the Present
ENGL 068B American Literature 1865 to PresentENGL 18 American Literature: Civil War %u2013 World War II
ENGL 056A English Literature to the Late 18th CenturyENGL 60 Introduction to British Literature: Beginnings through the 18th Century
ENGL 068A American Literature to 1865ENGL 17 American Literature: Beginnings to the Civil War


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.